Library Media Center
Silas Deane Middle School Media Center
HOURS: Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
General Information About Media Center Happenings
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Orientation and Reading Resources
Tutorials for Using Destiny and OverDrive Catalogs
Here are some tutorials, tipsheets or weblinks to help students with research projects:
Video Subscription Tutorials
Here are some tutorials for using Discovery Education Streaming and Brain Pop for searching video at home and school.
Online Reference Subscription Tutorials
- World Book Online/World Book Student tutorial
- Tutorial for using PowerKnowledge Science
- Power Knowledge Science Databases
NOODLETOOLS TUTORIALS for Citing Sources
- How To Create a New Project
- How To Share Your Project With A Teacher
- How To Add an Image to a Notecard
- How to Export Your Citations to Google Docs
- How to Respond to Comments in Projects
Plagiarism and Web Evaluation
Resources for Student Use
Below are some of the excellent online subscriptions and a few other useful websites that students should use when conducting research or creating citations. Students were given a list of usernames and passwords for subscription databases during the September Orientations.
Search SDMS' library catalog for resources. As a guest, you can search the catalog. By logging into your own account, you can create lists of books, print them, see what you have checked out, place books on hold, and make "wishes" for purchase.
Students have access to five encyclopedias through Grolier Online - The New Book of Popular Science, the Encyclopedia Americana, the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, the New Book of Knowledge and Lands and People. Grolier Online includes maps, periodicals, pictures with captions and listings of good websites in addition to encyclopedia articles.
BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Great quick animated videos, quizzes, and worksheets to support student learning.
Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers provides students with comprehensive curricular support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.
Power Knowledge Earth and Space Science, Physical Science and Life Science is an online resource specifically designed for easier reading for upper elementary and middle school students. Comprised of curriculum correlated content, the three PK databases offer research, report, and homework help. Database articles and interactive content support STEM learning initiatives.
This site has a number of databases available to CT residents with a public library card. Kids Infobits, InfoTrak Junior, Discovering Collection, and Biography Resource Center are excellent databases for student use.
FreedomFlix offers interactve ebooks (with weblinks, short video clips) on U.S. History. Watch, read, and learn, It features easy to read non-fiction on the following topics: Revolutionary Era, Our Government, Westward Expansion, Immigration, Civil War, Economy, 20th Century, Today's World, and War.
Overdrive holds our collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Students may download these to a personal device or view eBooks through an Internet browser. On mobile devices, students must download the free App.
Need To Review The Anatomy Of A Website?
See if you can find the four key parts:
- Who wrote it or published/sponsored it? (author or sponsor of site)
- What is it called (title)?
- Where was it published (URL or city)?
- When was it published (e-publication date)?
Plagiarism Can Have Serious Consequences
Serious Consequences of Plagiarism...losing jobs or filing charges, etc.
- Foley and plagiarism: http://foxct.com/2014/09/25/foley-campaign-blames-plagiarism-claims-on-sloppy-staff-work/
- Foley and plagiarism: http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2014/09/29/democrats-file-complaint-over-alleged-plagiarism/
- CCSU President Judd and plagiarism: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/20/nyregion/college-president-accused-of-plagiarism-announces-his-retirement.html
7th Grade: Evaluating Sources
- Currency (When was it published?)
- Relevance/Reliability(What is the content? Does it relate?)
- Authority (Who wrote it or sponsored the site?)
- Accuracy (Is the information complete, correct, accurate?)
- Purpose (Why was the site/article created?)
Holocaust/World War II Documentary Project Links
- http://auth.digital.scholastic.com/login/fflix/login.php (Search World War II)
For video clips: www.discoveryeducation.com
Go to: Assignments--Go to page 4 of assignments. Open folder titled: Holocaust/World War II